Mr Indra asks – what is the diffrence between Brahma rasyan and Chyavanprash? Why do we need to have Brahma rasayan or chyawanprash if both are giving same benefits? Brahma rasyan is not suitable for youth? So can we have brahma rasayan and chyawan prasa in morning and evening?As you know that Brhama rasayan is less available in market.
Let us analyse.
Note: There are many references for Chyawanaprasha and Brahma Rasayan. But I have taken the following standard references:
- Chyawanaprasha – Charaka Samhita Chikitsa Sthana 1:1:62 – 74
- Brahma Rasayana – Ashtanga Hrudaya Uttarasthana 39/15-23
This is because, both the formulas are approved by Ayurvedic Formulary of India. (A government of India publication).
Disclaimer: The below explanation is based on my personal experience and understanding.
The advice below (or any part of this website for that matter), should not be considered as substitute for your doctor’s prescription / advice.
Details of each product
Chyawanaprash – A very well known anti aging Ayurvedic product, with immense effect on respiratory health, mental health and immunity. Please find my previous article(s) on Chyawanprash
Brahma Rasayana – Another anti aging Ayurvedic medicine, with immense effect on mental health and immunity. Read the details here.
Similarities in ingredients, benefits
Similarity between these two products.
Both products have Amla (Indian gooseberry) as the main ingredient.
Both the products have 30 ingredients in common. They are –
- Haritaki – Chebulic Myrobalan fruit rind – Terminalia chebula
- Agaru – Aquilaria agallocha
- Agnimantha – Premna corymbosa (Burm.f) Merr
- Amalaki – Indian gooseberry fruit – Emblica officinalis Gaertn.
- Bala – Country mallow (root) – Sida cordifolia
- Bilva – Bael (root) – Aegle marmelos
- Brihati – Indian Nightshade (root) – Solanum indicum
- Chandana – Sandalwood – Santalum album
- Ela – Cardamom – Elettaria cardamomum
- Ghrita – Cow ghee
- Jivaka – Malaxis acuminata
- Jivanti – Leptadenia reticulata
- Kantakari – Yellow berried nightshade (whole plant) – Solanum xanthcarpum
- Gambhari – Coomb Teak (root) – Gmelina arborea
- Nagakeshara – Mesua ferrea
- Mashaparni – Teramnus labialis / Vigna radiata
- Meda – Litsea monopetala
- Mudgaparni – Green gram – Phaseolus trilobus
- Musta – Nut grass (root) – Cyperus rotundus
- Patala – Trumpet (root) – Stereospermum suaveolens
- Pippali – Long pepper fruit – Piper longum
- Prishniparni – Uraria picta
- Punarnava – Spreading Hogweed – Boerhaavia diffusa
- Rishabhaka – Manilkara hexandra (Roxb.) Dubard / Mimusoops hexandra Roxb.
- Shalaparni – Desmodium gangeticum
- Shyonaka – Oroxylum indicum
- Sita – Sugar candy
- Taila – Sesame oil – Sesamum indicum
- Twak – Cinnamon – Cinnamomum zeylanicum
Both have following common Benefits:
- Smruti – Both help to improve memory
- Medha – Both help to improve intelligence and mental strength.
- Bala – Both improve immunity
- Both are attributed with anti-aging benefits such as – relieving skin creases, grey hairs etc.
- Both are told that they are suitable for people of all ages
Difference in ingredients
Special ingredients in Chyawanprash:
- Amruta – Indian Tinospora (stem) – Tinospora cordifolia
- Bhumi amalaki – Phyllanthus niruri
- Draksha – Raisin – Vitis vinifera
- Kakoli – Fritillaria roylei
- Karkatashrungi – Pistacia integerrima
- Patra – Cinnamomum tamala
- Pushkaramoola – Inula racemosa
- Riddhi – Vigna cylindrica
- Shati – Curcuma zeodaria / Hedychium spicatum
- Utpala – Nymphaea stellata
- Vamshalochana – Bambusa bambos
- Vasa – Malabar nut tree (root / whole plant) – Adhatoda vasica
- Vidari – Pueraria tuberosa
Special ingredients in Brahmarasayanam –
- Darbha – Desmostachya bipinnata
- Eranda – Castor – Ricinus communis
- Gokshura – Small caltrops (whole plant) – Tribulus terrestris Linn.
- Haridra – Turmeric rhizome – Curcuma longa
- Ikshu – Sugarcanne – Saccharum officinarum
- Kasha – Saccharum spontaneum
- Mandukaparni – Gotu Kola – Centella asiatica
- Plava – Nyctanthes arbor-tristis
- Shali – Rice – Oryza sativa
- Shankhapushpi – Clitorea ternatea
- Shara – Serratophyllum submersom
- Shatavari – Asparagus racemosus root
- Vacha – Acorus calamus
- Vidanga – False black pepper – Embelia ribes
- Yashtimadhu – Licorice – Glycyrrhiza glabra
Difference in benefits
Chyawanprash is has following special benefits:
- It is useful in cough, cold, bronchitis, asthma and such other respiratory disorders.
- It is useful in people with chest injuries.
- Angavardhana – it promotes proper growth and body nourishment.
- Swarakshaya hara – It strengthens voice
- It is useful in heart diseases, gout, excessive thirst, nocturnal emission, premature ejaculation, sperm anomalies and abdominal bloating.
- It improves digestion power.
Brahma Rasayana is having following special benefit:
Tandra – Shramahara – It is one of the best medicines to relieve tiredness and fatigue
- The amount of Haritaki, a very well known anti aging herb (one among Triphala) is more in Brahmarasayana.
- Most of the special herbs of Chyawanprash are targeted towards respiratory health. Hence, when it is far a better medicine for asthma, bronchitis etc, than the other.
- The special herbs that are in Brahma Rasayana are nourishing, energizing in nature. Hence, it is more beneficial if you have tiredness, fatigue, laziness etc.
- If you are targeting to improve your overall immunity and if you have no issues like frequent cough, cold etc, Brahma Rasayana might be more apt for you.
- If you are targeting good sexual health and respiratory health, then Chyawanprash is a better choice for you.
- There are many research articles on Brahma Rasayana, inhibiting Sarcoma development, cancer development etc. If you have family history of any type of cancer, then probably, Bahma Rasayana is more apt for you.
So, there are many instances where both have their own distinct advantages. It is upto the discretion of the doctor to choose the best one for you.
Can we have brahma rasyan and chyawan prasa in morning and evening?
I do not think, both are needed at the same time, same day. Anyone would be good.
It requires time for body to digest and assimilate the herbal active ingredients. Hence, it is ideal to go with single formula for a consistent period of time.
Brahma rasayan is not suitable for youth?
Sure, suitable to youth.